Devonport – The Arrival
We arrived in Davenport at about 19:00 on Monday afternoon and covered around 1850 km total on the way down, not including the bass Strait crossing.
The trip saw us take the New England Highway south from Brisbane towards Tamworth on our first day.
We arrived in late afternoon to 43C heat and I can assure you the air conditioning was a welcome relief that night.
Unfortunately, when we got to Dubbo I noticed the top box mounting plate had a couple of minor cracks developing in it.
Orphan, one of the people we were riding down to Tassie with, offered to take the top box and it’s contents on his trailer for the rest of the trip to Melbourne.
This is one occasion I was greatful someone was towing a trailer behind their bike. In this case a Victory.
On Sunday morning we crept out of West Wyalong and I pointed Bluey at Coburg for our final night on Mainland Australia before boarding The Spirit Of Tasmania bound for Devonport.
Come Monday morning, we left our cabin in Coburg at about 05:00 and headed to the Port of Melbourne ready to board for the final leg of our journey to Tasmania
The journey across Bass Strait took about 9-1/2 hours… and I must say we arrived remarkably dry for a water crossing 🙂
Tuesday was a lay day so I took the opportunity to find an engineering shop so they could fabricate a new mounting plate for me.
The new one wasn’t cheap, but was necessary, is much thicker than the old one and has some decent size gussets on it to prevent flex, which was what caused the original to fail.
Had I not spotted the cracks at Dubbo, it could have been very messy if it had let go.
There is something to be said about checking your bike at rest stops.
Lesson hammered home!
Well, that’s it for now, but before I go I’ll leave you with the view from our cabin looking back towards mainland Australia, or as the locals call it, the Northern States.